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Halloween Cards and Jars

Dear Fellow Crafters,

You asked and here they are:

Happy Halloween,

~Sallie

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Spooky tree
Spooky tree

LE01(01)-Happy Halloween (Limited Edition)

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H2012-1_Spooky Tree

Ghostly greetings
Ghostly greetings

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Halloween
Halloween

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Fun and Easy Mason Jar Crafts

Mason Jar History and some crafting ideas

Dear Fellow Crafters,

A lot of  you have noticed my fascination with Mason Jars and the many ways you can use them in crafting. I thought you might also like to know about the history of this famous jar.

Mason Jar

In 1810, a Frenchman names Nicholas Appert produced a canning jar just in time for Napoleon’s plans for conquering the world. In 1858 an American tinsmith names John Landis Mason patented his own version of the jar. His “Mason Jar” featured a threaded jar mouth, a rubber seal and a reusable screw zinc cover.

The jar became very popular, and in 1886 the Ball Brothers of Buffalo, New York started manufacturing their design.

Alexander Kerr improved the jar sealing mechanism in 1903. He gave it a wider mouth. The Ball Brothers liked the version so much that they adopted it too!

….And that is why you will find different versions of Mason Jars on the shelves of your local craft stores.

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While researching ideas for Mason Jars I came across these. Sorry, no pics.

Washi Tape Utensil jar

Items Needed:  Washi tape in assorted sizes, colors and prints

                             Scissors

                             Quart size Mason Jar with smooth sides

  1. Choose your combinations of Washi tapes.
  2. Cut the tapes into 12 1/2″  strips and apply one at a time to the jar. Leave the bottom inch or so of curvy jar and the top few inches free of tape.
  3. Overlap the tape strips at the same spot (the back of the jar).
  4. Place kitchen utensils in the jar.

 

Mason Magnets

Items needed:  Lids, newspaper, acrylic paint, waxed paper, craft paintbrush, craft glue, Mod Podge, water-colored markers, craft magnets, hot glue gun, spray primer.

  1. Place the lids shiny side up on newspaper. Give then an even coat of spray primer. Do this outside. Dry and repeat if necessary. Dry.
  2. Put acrylic paint on waxed paper and with paint brush, paint the lids.
  3. Punch out circles to cover the lid front.
  4. Stamp image and color or place a die on lid. Cover with Mod Podge. Dry.
  5. Using hot glue , glue the magnet on back of lid.
Reed Diffuser
Items needed: 8 oz jelly jar, baby oil, Essential oil (can be purchased at natural food store), 15 thin bamboo skewers, scissors, rubbing alcohol
1. Pour baby oil into the jar until you fill it about /2 way (1/2 cup)
2. Choose Essential oil and add 45 drops to the jar.
3. Splash a tsp. of alcohol or vodka to help the oils wick up the sticks. Stir to mix.
4. Bamboo skewers should be roughly twice as long as your jar. Most skewers seem to be about 10″ long and the pint jar is 4″ tall so cut off 2″ from the pointy end of the skewers. Adjust as necessary.
Bubble Mason Jar
Items Needed:  8 oz Mason Jar, label (die cut), 1/2 cup of water, 4 table spoons of liquid dish soap, 2 tbl. of light corn syrup (Karo), spoon.
1. Mix the ingredients together in the jar and stir slowly but thoroughly with a spoon.
2. Test the bubbles with a bubble wand. Experiment until you can easily create several bubbles with one blow.
‘Til next time,
~Sallie
Adventures in Card-Making

Halloween Mason Jar

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Last summer I became addicted to mason jars. I drank lots of lemonade and sweet tea in them until one night the crafting light went on! What if I combined die cuts with mason jars?

I had heard of ModPodge of course but I have to admit that my early attempts were not pretty. I had tried to ModPodge (Matte finish) the outside of the jar and then adding the die cuts. My second try was to do the reverse on the inside – slightly better results. Finally I die cut the Sizzix images and glued them inside the jar! The jar is right side up – as opposed to other crafters who glue things onto the lid. I put a battery-powdered votive light inside and voila – Mason Jar Creations was born!

You can see more of my creations on Pinterest.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Halloween Mason Jar LuminaryView of the fence and ghostThe cover

Adventures in Card-Making · Mod Podge

Mod Podge Extreme Glitter

Dear Fellow Crafter

Mod Podge Glitter

Mod Podge Glitter lets you decorate any craft project in shimmering, iridescent glitter particles. There are several colors available. These include silver, blue, purple and bronze.

An idea for a new home owner is to create a greeting card and a gift. Take a clean mason jar and stencil the house number on the front. Apply Mod Podge Glitter to the number. Tie a skeleton key with twine to the lid.

Mod Podge Glitter Jar
Mod Podge Glitter Jar

Happy Crafting!

~Sallie

Fun and Easy Mason Jar Crafts

Fun and easy!

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Dear Fellow Crafters,

Are you looking for a fun and easy craft? All you need for this Mason Jar Valentine can be found at your local craft store and put together in minutes.

Start by washing and drying (with a lint-free cloth) the mason jar. Using music designed paper, die cut several banners. Glue the banners to bakers twine. Take a small piece of green floral foam block (you can use Styrofoam if you wish) and glue onto the lid. Cover it with moss for a realistic look. Next, either go outside and look for a small branch or two or check the florist aisle in the craft store. Stick the branch into the block and tie the ends of the banners to the sticks.

Carefully place the mason jar onto the lid covering the branches. You can finish off the jar with ribbon, a colorful bow or embellishments. The tiles make a nice, personalized touch.

Voila! Done!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie